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Ignatius, David, 1950-
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New York, N.Y. : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1991.
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David Ignatius was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 26, 1950. He received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1963 and a diploma in economics from Kings College, Cambridge, England, in 1975. He has worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post, where he is an associate editor. In 1985, he received the Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He is the author of several novels including Agents of Innocence, Siro, The Bank of Fear, A Firing Offense, Body of Lies, The Increment, and The Director.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The tottering Soviet empire and a U.S. whose global power is unraveling provide the context for this superb spy thriller, a two-week PW bestseller and BOMC selection in cloth. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A CIA plot to spread disinformation among Soviet southern republics is the brainchild of aging CIA operative Edward Stone, who neglects to inform his superiors of his plans. Stone recruits bored CIA Istanbul bureau chief Alan Taylor and fledgling CIA agent Anna Barnes, and the three of them set off to stir up the Uzbeks, Azerbaijanis, and Armenians. Ultimately, the CIA discovers Stone's adventure and scrubs the operation, leaving Taylor and Barnes to fend for themselves. At no time does this come across as a serious spy thriller. The main characters, Taylor and Barnes, are not very appealing, and the plot suggests little in the way of intrigue and excitement. If author Ignatius intended to write a hair-raising, action-packed spy thriller, he has missed the mark. His Agents of Innocence (LJ 9/15/87) was a success; Siro is not. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/90.-- Brian Alley, Sangamon State Univ. Lib., Springfield, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-- A spy novel in which readers are introduced to the ruthless world of international intrigue through novice CIA agent Anna Barnes. The time is 1979 and the U. S. appears to be losing the upper hand to the Soviet Union. The Shah of Iran has just fled, and in the U. S. Embassy Americans are being held hostage. The stability of the Middle East is wavering. In Latin America, the U. S. backed dictator of Nicaragua has sought refuge in the United States, and a treaty has just been signed with Panama to turn over control of the Panama Canal by the year 2000. The good old boys of the CIA are being called to task for this unsettling state of affairs by watchdog Congressional committees. The novel is fast paced, accurate, and suspenseful; the characters are memorable. Ignatius draws upon his experience as the foreign editor of the Washington Post to create a story that is so realistic that it is difficult to believe it is fiction. First-rate. --Dolores M. Steinhauer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.